Ireland Cliffs - Warning! No Guard Rails!
Blarney Travel Blog› entry 13 of 17 › view all entries
July 23rd, 2007 – by: wanderingme
Your see, we didn’t just take a normal trip; we took a trip from hell. *laugh* Okay, for those that are used to mountains and hairpin roads on cliffs without barriers, this would have been a breeze for you. For us flatlanders, it was the most “interesting” and “never-do-it-again” ride we have ever experienced. Greg said that the easiest way to have someone understand the size of the roads throughout Dingle is to picture the opening of a two car garage and that is your two lane roads! Nothing more then the width of a hair separates you from oncoming traffic and what’s worse is that you are expected to drive this course while doing 60 MPH through sharp turns and cliffs without barriers.
So, we headed to Cork, Ireland and figured we would check in a day early to the hotel we had reserved. Wouldn’t you know it; all the hotels in the city were booked for tonight! It was getting late and I was not feeling well so I told Greg to turn the car around and let’s head to Blarney Castle about 6 miles up the road.
When we got to the Blarney Castle area, we noticed a small village right outside the gates and the Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel. We figured our luck couldn’t get any worse so we entered the hotel, while saying a few hundred prayers, and they had just two rooms left. To top it off, this hotel is part of our “tour package vouchers” so we didn’t have to pay an extra cent for the room! It is across the road from the Blarney Castle, has free parking, and is only 6 miles from our hotel for tomorrow night in Cork.
Tonight we will rest well and tomorrow check out and get a head start on Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone! We plan to take our time so that we won’t be too early for tomorrow’s check-in at the Jurys Inn Cork. Since our next hotel is in the heart of the city, we will have tons to do. Now we need to say a prayer that we find parking near our hotel! *laugh*
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